Addressing gender-based violence (GBV) from the earliest stages of any emergency is a basic life-saving and protection issue. UNFPA is one of the leading agencies addressing gender based violence in the current emergency in Jordan. UNFPA is co-chairing the Child Protection and Gender Based Violence sub-Working Group which aims to strengthen child protection and gender based violence prevention and response in this emergency, with a focus on Syrian refugees in the camps and in the host communities.
Through this group, UNFPA is supporting the development of GBV standard operating procedures and referral pathways, Inter-agency trainings on case management, community mobilization and caring for GBV survivors, GBV interagency messages and assessments. In addition, working in collaboration with the sub-working group, UNFPA has developed service guides to raise awareness about availability of protection services in five governorates in Jordan.
UNFPA is currently implementing a comprehensive GBV prevention and response program in Jordan, which includes the following actions:
- UNFPA works in partnership with Institute for Family Health (IFH) to support women and girls safe spaces in Zaatri camp, King Abdallah Park, Cyber City, and Amman. Through these spaces, women and girls can access case management, psychosocial support services, awareness raising and recreational activities.
Outreach activities are also carried out in the host communities. Through these programs, over 2000 beneficiaries are reached weekly. The UNFPA/IFH program also works towards sensitizing humanitarian workers at all levels about the code of conduct and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse through the provision of trainings to service providers working with refugees.
In partnership with Un Ponte Per (UPP) and the Jordanian Women Union (JWU), UNFPA is supporting two women and girls safe spaces in Zarqa and Maa'an. In these spaces women can access protection services, as well as life skills activities.
"Everywhere in the world, women weave and mend the social fabric of our communities. When emergencies strike, women overcome immense obstacles to provide care and safety for others - even as their own vulnerability to poverty, malnutrition, sexual violence and exploitation, sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy and unassisted childbirth increase"
-- Dr. Babatunde Osotemehin, UNFPA Executive Director
In partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Family Protection Department, Institute for Family Health and the International Rescue Committee, UNFPA also supports capacity building of health providers, police and NGOs on Clinical Management of Rape, Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) and caring for GBV survivors in emergencies, as well as the inclusion of GBV in the multi-sectorial response of other partners.
Through its GBV programming, UNFPA adopts a participatory approach, empowering refugees to shape and deliver services.